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EDITORS’ NOTES

“Lions in Cages” opens Wolf Gang’s debut album with a soaring optimism similar to recordings by MGMT and The Flaming Lips. Frontman Max McElligott has carefully crafted some next-level indie pop, but credit also goes to producer extraordinaire Dave Fridmann, who's worked with the aforementioned bands. It’s easy to draw comparisons between Londoner McElligott and early Elvis Costello after hearing the pop gem “Something Unusual,” where pub-rock subtleties pepper the vocal melody under shimmering, synthesizer-based instrumentation and near-danceable grooves. With its captivating balance of restrained grip and erupting glamour, “Stay and Defend” bobs and weaves on a strain of “David DNA” that’s equal parts Byrne and Bowie. The orchestral approach to the title track's moody melody may garner comparisons to Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games,” but McElligott follows this with a diametric dose of disco-glam that’s nearly impossible to hear without moving your feet. “Planets” is a triumphant ballad, serving as a reminder that a good album should close epically.

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Lions in Cages” opens Wolf Gang’s debut album with a soaring optimism similar to recordings by MGMT and The Flaming Lips. Frontman Max McElligott has carefully crafted some next-level indie pop, but credit also goes to producer extraordinaire Dave Fridmann, who's worked with the aforementioned bands. It’s easy to draw comparisons between Londoner McElligott and early Elvis Costello after hearing the pop gem “Something Unusual,” where pub-rock subtleties pepper the vocal melody under shimmering, synthesizer-based instrumentation and near-danceable grooves. With its captivating balance of restrained grip and erupting glamour, “Stay and Defend” bobs and weaves on a strain of “David DNA” that’s equal parts Byrne and Bowie. The orchestral approach to the title track's moody melody may garner comparisons to Lana Del Rey’s “Video Games,” but McElligott follows this with a diametric dose of disco-glam that’s nearly impossible to hear without moving your feet. “Planets” is a triumphant ballad, serving as a reminder that a good album should close epically.

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About Wolf Gang

Formed in 2009 by London-based vocalist/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Max McElligott, English indie rock outfit Wolf Gang blends swirling, symphonic alt-rock with quirky electro-pop. Originally planned as a solo vehicle/pseudonym for McElligott, the success of 2009 singles "Pieces of You" and "The King and All of His Men," along with a record deal from Atlantic, prompted McElligott to add a permanent live drummer, Lasse Petersen (the Rakes), and guitarist, Gavin Slater (Ghosts), to the project. Tours with Metric, Miike Snow, and Florence and the Machine helped to increase the band's fan base, and in 2012 they were asked to open for Coldplay on the U.S. leg of their Mylo Xyloto tour. The band's full-length debut, Suego Faults, arrived in 2011 and was produced by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, MGMT). ~ James Christopher Monger

  • ORIGIN
    London, England

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